New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 208 16 pages in 2 sections August 25, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Tractor-trailer overturns on 1-35; one hurt
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Thomas A. Williams was flown by AirLife to University Hospital after his truck overturned Thursday afternoon.
From Staff Reports
A 34-year-old Round Rock man suffered major injuries in a rollover semi-truck accident Thursday.
Thomas A. Williams was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio at 5:15 p.m. to be treated for multiple injuries that witnesses said included a lacerated right eye.
Williams was southbound on Farm-to-Market Road 1102 about 4:30 p.m. when he reportedly lost control of his
truck on a sweeping left turn.
The truck left the roadway just north of Interstate 35, rolled over and slid to a stop on its side. It was reported to be carry ing a cement product.
“He looked like he just got it up on nine wheels going too fast,” said James Nicholson, who reported the accident on his wireless telephone.
“He was going fast!” another witness said. Nicholson stopped and ran to the cab of the truck where Williams
was struggling to get out. He said he saw no indication the driver had been wearing a seat belt.
“We got him calmed down,” Nico-holson said. “He was trying to crawl out. He was pretty badly hurt. He was conscious, but he didn’t know where he was.”
Nicholson said his first priority was that Williams was bleeding — a lot. He asked a woman who stopped if she had anything he could make ban
dages out of, and she had a sheet.
“It was either that, or take off my shirt,” Nicholson said. “He was bleeding really badly.”
Department of Public Safety troopers and a Comal County Sheriff’s deputy assisted New Braunfels firefighters who got Williams out of the upturned truck cab.
i Ie was taken by AirLife helicopter to San Antonio, where his condition was not known at press time.
Nurse: Victim planned divorce days before blaze
Woman testifies Adele Hartwig overheard plans
By Heather Todd
A home health care nurse who treated Harold Hartwig testified Thursday he told her he planned to file for a divorce against his wife three days before he died in a fire at his HARTWIG home.
“He said he wanted to make sure she would not get the house or any of the possessions in it,” Tammy Jo Windsor told jurors Thursday in Adele Hartwig’s capital murder trial.
Windsor testified she met with 72-year old Harold Hartwig May I, 1999 in the living room of his log cabin on Heuco Springs Loop Road.
During the conversation, Windsor testified, Adele Hartwig, 62, was in another room and was able to overhear the conversation.
A legal clerk at the law firm of Brazle and Pfeuffer also testified Thursday Harold Hartwig called the office April 30 and said he was having difficulties with his wife and wanted to speak to an attorney.
The Comal County District Attorney’s office is using the testimony against Adele Hartwig in an attempt to prove she had a motive to kill her husband when she allegedly set their house on fire.
Adele is charged with capital murder for allegedly starting a house fire May 4, 1999 that caused her husband’s death. Prosecutors are arguing Harold Hartw ig was preparing to divorce her and she
wanted to collect insurance money.
A six-man, six-woman jury will decide whether to convict Hartwig on the capital murder charge, which would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The Comal County District Attorney’s office is not pursuing the death penalty.
Adele Hartwig told investigators she set the fire because Harold physically and mentally abused her and threatened to kill her.
As evidence of the abuse, Adele told investigators Harold dragged her around the house and up and down the stairs the morning of the fatal fire.
Windsor said she visited Harold Hartw ig several times a week in the spring of 1999 to treat a nonhealing gunshot wound on his chest.
She described Harold Hartwig as physically weak with limited mobility and a slow, unstable gait.
Windsor testified she did not believe Harold Hartwig was strong enough to drag anyone up or down the stairs.
Adele confessed to investigators after she first told them someone else set the fire, assaulted her and hanged her from a tree.
Hartwig’s capital murder trial began Monday in the 22nd District Court.
Harold Hartw ig’s son-in-law testified Thursday Harold changed his will in August 1997 and left his entire property to his daughter.
According to the will, Harold stated he did not leave his estate to Adele Hartwig because she “attempted to cause (his) death by shooting (him) with a firearm either intentionally or knowingly.”
Adele also is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault from a July 27, 1997 incident when the defendant allegedly shot her husband in the chest with a .380 caliber pistol.
Adele told investigators she was outside when the shooting
Chief neutral on ban
fop cop pledges river enforcement, with or without alcohol
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Above: Cherie and John Alvis walk their tubes and cooler across the bridge before a two-hour float down the Comal river Tuesday afternoon with their six-year-old daughter, Sarah. This was the Fort Worth family’s first trip on the river and they were not bringing any beer along. Below: tubers enjoy a quiet moment on the Comal River above the Solms Tube Chute.
ical costs, all those things that part of the argument is right now. That’s far beyond me to even guess what they may be.
If you have a law, sometimes it’s diff icult to enforce, and it could be a nightmare.”
The council will vote on the proposed ban for the first time Monday. Council must approve the proposed ordinance three times before it becomes law.
The ordinance the council will consider would ban the consumption of alcoholic beverages and open alcoholic beverage containers on portions of the Ciuadalupe and Comal rivers. The proposed ban encompasses the See CHIEF/3A
By Jo Lee Ferguson
New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas will not take sides in the debate over a possible alcohol ban on the local rivers.
He promises he and his officers w ill enforce whatever the council decides.
However, Douglas did say an alcohol ban “would be very difficult” to enforce.
“It’s difficult to do anything totally on a waterway,” he said. “If you have a confined area, such as Unicom Stadium, you can control that because it has a fence around it.”
But an open waterway, with private property and businesses
located on the banks, is a different matter.
“It would be very difficult to do that,” Douglas said. “I’m sure it
would make a difference (in the problems on the river). I’m not sure as to what the cost — in manpower, resources or econom-
City panel allows car dealer to keep fence
By Jo Lee Ferguson
Bluebonnet Motors can keep a fence around its storage lot on West San Antonio Street through 2002.
New Braunfels’ zoning board of adjustment voted unanimously Thursday to allow the fence to remain.
The move overturned previous action by the city.
Bluebonnet Motors is leasing the former H-E-B parking
lot at 843 W. San Antonio St. to store some of its inventory. The company asked the city for a permit for a fence around the lot.
Bluebonnet Motors General Manager Wes Studdard told the board the company wanted to protect the $6 million to $7 million worth of vehicles parked there.
“I feel that with 300 vehicles there, you don’t even see the fence anymore,” he said.
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Thirteen-year old Danielle Heaton led a normal life for a teenage girl until about a month
She ran track on the Smithson Valley Middle School track team, played soccer and hung out with f riends, but she occasionally complained about feeling nauseated, tired and cold.
They were complaints that did not seem unusual for an adolescent girl.
"That was the scary part,” said Bret Heaton, Danielle s father. “The
Ti*'Kidney failure strikes SVMS athlete
By Heather Todd complaints were very mild. There
Staff Writer were so mild you would have to live
with her to even pick up on them.”
Bret and his wife, Melissa Heaton, who live at Canyon Lake, took Danielle in for blood tests about a month ago, and the results shocked both them and physicians.
“The doctors said they were surprised she was still walking,” Bret said. “We drove her straight from there to the (intensive care unit).”
Bret said Danielle’s condition at that time was critical.
“In a few more days, she could Photo submitted
have slipped into a coma because Track team member DanielleSee KIDNEY/3A Heaton is fighting kidney failure.